In Mel Kiper's second mock draft, he has the Browns taking a quarterback and a wide receiver. His ESPN colleague, Todd McShay, also released his second mock draft, and he also has the Browns going quarterback-wide receiver. One of the players is the same, but the other is different. Here is how McShay's mock draft started off, prior to Cleveland being on the clock at No. 4 overall:
No. 1 - Houston: DE Jadeveon Clowney
No. 2 - St. Louis: OT Greg Robinson
No. 3 - Jacksonville: QB Teddy Bridgewater
Yes! Johnny Manziel didn't fall to the Browns in Kiper's draft, so surely McShay will have him going to Cleveland, right? Wrong -- it's still a quarterback, but it's Blake Bortles:
No. 4 - Cleveland: QB Blake Bortles
The Browns need a quarterback, and Bortles has the physical tools and mental makeup to develop into a good NFL starter. He will not wow scouts with a big-time arm, and, like most young quarterbacks, he can become more consistent with his decision-making. However, Bortles does have enough arm strength to make all the NFL throws, and unlike many college QBs I study on tape, Bortles sees the entire field, stands strong in the pocket and shows the ability to go through NFL-type progressions. He also has the prototypical size, accuracy, pocket presence and mobility to make plays with his legs. One thing to keep in mind: New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan coached a narrow-framed mobile QB in Robert Griffin III in Washington who dealt with injury issues, so he might appreciate having a mobile QB with a bigger, sturdier frame.
McShay followed that up with the Raiders getting Manziel at No. 5 overall. At No. 26 overall, McShay mocked the same player to Cleveland who Kiper mocked: wide receiver Davante Adams:
No. 26 - Cleveland: WR Davante Adams
Analysis: In this scenario the Browns got their quarterback at No. 4 overall in UCF's Blake Bortles, and their other top needs are guard, running back, wide receiver and cornerback. TCU CB Jason Verrett would be a good value pick, but adding a reliable No. 2 WR to complement Josh Gordon wouldn't be a bad idea at all. Adams is a good-sized WR who had exceptional college production. While he can improve his route-running efficiency, he shows good burst out of his cuts to separate and effectively uses his bigger frame to shield defenders. I also have yet to see him drop a pass in five games I've studied on tape.
It's interesting to see a consensus pick form for a late pick in the draft. Does Adams fit the bill of a receiver you'd like to see in Cleveland?